[Fix] Drives Appearing Twice in Navigation Pane of Windows 10 Explorer “This PC”

Today we are going to address a weird problem or you can say a bug in Windows 10 operating system. Many readers have reported this issue. Some of them faced this issue when they upgraded from Windows 10 RTM to the recently released November Update (TH2) and some people faced it after upgrading from Windows 10 RTM to any Insider Preview build.

Since the release of Windows 10, Microsoft has added a new feature to Windows Explorer or This PC. Whenever you attach a removable drive such as USB drive or external hard disk, a separate icon of the drive is shown in the left-side Navigation Pane. Also the same drive icon is shown under This PC section, so you get double entries of the same removable drive in Navigation Pane. It was done to provide quick access to removable drives but having two duplicate drive icons in Navigation Pane becomes confusing sometimes.

But that's not the problem which we are going to talk about. The problem is, many Windows 10 users are getting double entries of fixed hard disk drives in Navigation Pane of This PC. For many users, Windows 10 is showing many drives twice in Navigation Pane just like it does for removable drives. But the problem is those duplicate drives are not removable. The drives are fixed hard disk drives.

Following are 2 different screenshots which were shared by our readers. You can see the issue in the screenshots:

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If you are also facing this duplicate drive entries problem in Windows 10, this tutorial will help you in fixing the issue and removing the double drive entries from Navigation Pane of This PC.

To fix this annoying issue, you just need to remove a key from Registry Editor which is responsible for showing removable drive icons separately in This PC's Navigation Pane. Since somehow Windows 10 detects the hard disk drives as removable drives and shows their icons twice in Navigation Pane, we can disable the built-in feature to show removable drive icons separately in Navigation Pane to fix this bug or issue.

We have already shared the Registry tweak to remove removable drive icons from Navigation Pane in This PC in following exclusive tutorial:

[Windows 10 Tip] Remove Icons from Navigation Pane of This PC

The trick to remove removable drive duplicate entry from Navigation Pane has been given in the Part 5 of the above mentioned tutorial.

For your convenience, we are going to provide the same solution again here:

1. Press WIN+R keys together to open RUN dialog box. You can also open it from WIN+X menu. Now type regedit in RUN dialog box and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.

2. Now go to following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\DelegateFolders

3. Under "DelegateFolders" key, you'll find {F5FB2C77-0E2F-4A16-A381-3E560C68BC83} key.

Remove_Removable_Drive_Icon_Windows_10_This_PC_Navigation_Pane.png

4. Now delete the {F5FB2C77-0E2F-4A16-A381-3E560C68BC83} key and it'll immediately remove the duplicate drive icons from This PC's Navigation Pane.

Now you'll no longer see any drive icon twice in the Navigation Pane of This PC.

NOTE: If you are using 64-bit edition of Windows 10, you may notice that the drive icon is still present in "Browse" dialog box such as Save, Save as or Open in some 3rd party 32-bit programs. To remove the duplicate drive icon from there, you'll need to perform the same steps in following key as well:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\DelegateFolders

Under "DelegateFolders" key, delete {F5FB2C77-0E2F-4A16-A381-3E560C68BC83} key.

PS: If you want a ready-made Registry script to do the task automatically, its also given at the end of the above mentioned tutorial.





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  • Hiiii VG, I have a problem with my computer, I installed win 10 pro in my pc. when rebooting my computer automatically a new user account has been created. i cleared it, in the next restart the user account will create automatically. how to solve this problem??? Kindly help me

  • Nice guide VG!
    Keep up the good work ~

  • VG

    ^^ Thanks.

    @Robin Paulose
    Try to uncheck 3rd party software from startup using Task Manager -> Startup tab and then restart your computer. Now check whether Windows still creates a new user account. It might be possible that a 3rd party software is causing this issue.

  • Thanks,

    worked perfectly !

    Love your website and I subscribe to email newsletter!

  • Thanks for the tip. Worked like a charm.

    I do think however that : The least Microsoft could do is like BOLD type 'Microsoft' in the Registry since most of the time I am in the registry. It’s to fix something they have wrong.

  • this trick working on windows explorer win 10, but when you try download something & you wanna save as appear dialogbox save as, but drive still appear twice / doube in save as dialog box, can you fix it in dialog box save as the drive still appear twice?! thx alot for answering my question

  • VG

    ^^ Do the same for following key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\DelegateFolders

  • Hi,

    Can you help me, please?

    My problem is similar, but to me doubled the directory “downloads”

    I have this problem: 114.imagebam.com/download/oX3tnLXwFhVeQ9fFWQwW-A/45176/451756298/Info.jpg

    Thanks

  • Excellent! Worked great! This problem didn't show up on my PC until after the TB2 update, along with several other annoying quirks. I don't know why the Microsoft team sees fit to mess with features that are fine the way they are. I'm a firm believer that "if it ain't broke, don't fix it!"

  • Thanks for this.

    I couldn't believe the mess left behind after the major W10 update (1511).

    I have 13 drives/partitions. To see them listed once (in order), then listed again below (in no particular order), was riving me nuts.

    So that was the 2nd annoyance post update, the 1st being the removal (with no warning or reason for) of my install of CPU-Z, and some Realtek drivers. Both of which I have re-installed now.

    Cheers :)

  • Thank you so much for the fix. It worked perfectly!!! :-)

  • Worked perfectly to remove duplicate external hard drives. Thanks

  • I have just made the changes to the system registry to prevent a partitioned removeable hard drive showing twice in the navigation pane of windows 10. Whilst this has solved the dual entry problem it has created another with flash drives. When I try to remove a flash drive using the eject drive feature it is telling me the drive is still in use, when I try a second time the removal is successful and I see the message it is now safe to remove your drive. This problem became apparent after I deleted the {F5FB2C77-0E2F-4A16-A381-3E560C68BC83} entry from the system registry. Any help on the this would be appreciated.

  • Thank you for the article [Fix] Drives Appearing Twice in Navigation Pane of Windows 10 Explorer “This PC”.
    I have struggling with the problem for several days. Your suggestion worked wonderfully. The duplicate drives disappeared from Explorer. They still show up in Device Manager. Is there a way to remove them from there? Uninstalling them in clears them until I reboot then they return.
    Thank you for your help.

  • thank you so much for this! was driving me crazy. A well described fix that worked for me. Cheers!

  • Thanks for the help. Your solution corrected the duplicate drives from showing in all programs except Abobe Reader. I don't know about anyone else, but this duplication problem continues to reoccur every time Windows 10 does and update.

  • perfect easy instructions your good man

  • Great....
    work perfectly....
    thanks a lot..........

  • This worked fine the first time. However, after the latest Windows 10 update when the multiple drive icons reappeared, I was unable to delete the files specified above. I keep getting the dialog box saying "Error deleting values" "Unable to delete all specified values". Any suggestions on the next step?

  • VG

    ^^ Try to take ownership of the Registry key first:

    http://www.askvg.com/guide-how-to-take-ownership-permission-of-a-registry-key-in-windows/

  • Unfortunately did *not* work for me, despite several attempts. This is so frustrating after upgrading - a fairly painless exercise - from Win 7 [64Bit].

    Regards,
    Michael Harding

  • This really works in my windows 10 64-bits edition. Nevertheless as soon I have an update of tis windows 10, I got all the removable drives back! Very annoying not only this. Microsoft, mainly!

  • Thanks for clearifying, I thought Windows might behave each of the two displayed differently. I am glad it's just a shortcut.

  • For once, I go to a website that easily solves my "Windows 10" issues without a bunch of nonsense, confusion and monologue. THANK YOU!!!

  • good job..

  • Had the same issue on my MSI Gaming 7 Z170A chipset MoBo. There is a BIOS fix as well. IF you have the drives set as 'Hot Swap' enabled in BIOS (or perhaps it is called something else in your BIOS, then they will show as removable. Which they are... But if you disable the hot swap option in the BIOS, they become fixed an no longer show as removable. No registry hacks required. Then removable drives still show as they should.

  • ty for the tip it workt on my external hard drive ,)

  • wow it really worked thank u so much :)

  • WOW thx its works!!!!

  • Thanx VG for your fix, it works perfectly well

  • Thanks, that was an easy fix. It's been annoying me from the start.

  • Works great. Thnx :-)

  • I sort of have a problem that's the "reverse" of this. I'll explain.

    I can't get my cd/dvd rom drives to show up or appear in the navigation pane of Windows 10 Explorer, UNLESS I do this:

    1. Open device manager and click the "view" tab and select "show hidden devices"
    2. Then click the "action tab" and select "scan for hardware changes"

    And here's the strangest thing. It doesn't occur all the time. Just randomly. Anything I can do via regedit ????

  • VG

    ^^ Try to remove the device from Device Manager and then restart your computer.

  • OK. Thanks VG. So far, so good. Only one day. We'll see in a week.

  • Thank You for your article [Fix] Drives Appearing Twice in Navigation Pane of Windows 10 Explorer “This PC”.
    The fix worked just fine.
    This has been aggravating me for months.
    Thanks again...

  • Fantastic. Thank you!

  • Making sure you are referring to key and not subkey. Originally tried to delete subkey because I cross-referenced with other websites and most, even Microsoft's website, referred to the subkey on this issue. Could not delete subkey, only the key. Is that correct?

    Also, looked into permissions issue and saw that in this Windows 10 system, "SYSTEM" and not "TrustedInstaller" was listed as owner on all folders. Is that a cause for concern?

  • VG

    ^^ You just need to delete the {F5FB2C77-0E2F-4A16-A381-3E560C68BC83} key.

  • Oh what a relief and many thanks for your solution; having just installed a new motherboard and Windows 10, I have spent the last couple of hours trying to fathom out whether it was the motherboard or Windows 10 at fault, and was reaching the stage of doing something I would later regret when I came across your site . . . . . . ! Thanks again

  • Thank you for the instructions for removing the duplicate drive. This was really bugging me and I had no idea how to remove one of them. The regedit instructions were very clear and it solved the problem.

  • Worked a treat first time

  • Though I look this issue up. I also had two external drives showing. Going through your guide resolved it. Thank you.
    My view is that this should not be happening in the first place.

  • Many thanks indeed for your Fix. I'm Convener of the iHelp team and many users have now upgraded to Win10. This bug was an issue I found tough to solve. Your work is greatly appreciated. :)

  • I am having the same issues of duplicate drives showing up - but, the duplicate drives are showing up on my external hard drive, as well.

    Is there a way to solve this problem?

  • Thanks so much for the tip to get rid of duplicate drive letters. I have Win 10 and a 64bit processor so I followed that entry in regedit however it did not remove the dup's so I went to the 1st portion of your article and removed the entry there also, And now I have no duplicate entrys of hard disks or usb drives. I saved your article just in case Windows update in November or December whenever it happens so if the problem exists again I will know how to do it. Thanks you guys are A+++++++ in my book!!

  • Thank you very much we need brains like yours.

  • Many thanks VG. No more duplicate drives in Explorer. Your solution was easy to follow and implement.

  • Thank you. The more drives I added, twice as many displayed. I finally searched for a solution. Works great, Thanks again.

  • OMG!!!!! Thank you so much. I'd been looking around and yours is the most complete and actually the EASIEST method of removal. This fixed it all!

  • thank you, I solved too. but I have the same problem with windows 7 professional. how do I fix?

  • I have the same issue as Geoff Parker - USB drives are appearing twice - will try that fix, but also: "When I try to remove a flash drive using the eject drive feature it is telling me the drive is still in use, when I try a second time the removal is successful and I see the message it is now safe to remove your drive. "
    Always have to do it twice - on every windows 10 machine I've tried. Annoying - Haven't found any solutions for this yet. Anybody know? Hoping the first fix works for this too, but haven't had a chance to try it

  • Thanks man. worked well. always been a pet peeve.

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